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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / The End of my Macbook Pro Experiment on: May 29, 2015, 06:25:21 PM
I started out on a great adventure a few years ago.  At least, what I term a great adventure.  After my Linux foray and failure (or rather, not failure, just finding out it wasn't practical for me), I figured since MacOS is based on BSD, I'd try it.  Also to see what the big fuss was.  I'd started on Apple (back with the ][e) and worked at a place where I had to use one.  But that was back in the 90s, and I thought with all of the hubub, I must be missing something.  And admittedly, I wanted to make money on the App store.

So, my adventure, and what I learned.  All of this is personal, but it is my experience.  So, I purchased one a few years ago (a MBP i5 late 2011) to see if I'd like it and to hopefully develop iOS apps and get rich.  I found out that it takes a lot more than development skills to get rich making iOS apps, so I gave that up.

1. I don't like Macbooks. 

Though there are a few cool things about the Mac and its software (I'll miss Typed, Ulysses (although I just found out they have an ipad version, so I'm happy again), Storyist (although I still have it on my ipad), and Marked (though I did make my own barebones alternative)), even after 3 years with it as my only laptop, I still am not comfortable with it or the environment.  I even tried loading a couple of different options for running windows apps on it, but those virtualized environments were slower- don't let them tell you different.  And since I still was working in windows on my desktop and at work, I noticed it.

2. Macbooks keep their price pretty well- if your next purchase will be a PC.

I think that's because they're overpriced.  People say all of these advantages why they're willing to pay a premium.  I call BS after using it.  There was no reason for me to pay that much for that machine.  But here, three years later, I ordered a new Dell for only $40.  I used my proceeds from selling it to pay for the rest.

3. The days of getting rich off the app store are over.

I noted it above, but Apple has skewed the app store so that the only people that make money are those that already have it.  It's still possible for those that don't have the money to pimp their software to make it... but that's more happenstance than by plan.  I think that's explained on Cliffski's blog (he makes some indie games, and tried to dip into the app store with mixed success) in the article Implications of a global market on random success.

Depressing.

4. You can get a lot of money off just for calling the company.

So, I ordered the computer from Dell.  With the standard support + accidental damage for 1 year, the version I wanted was $800.  I was able to find it on the microsoft store (and if you haven't looked into their signature editions, it's a good way to go... the same computers without the bloatware) after a special promotion for $40 less.  That didn't include tax, so it would have been a bit less, but it included 2 years of enhanced support and accidental damage, and it was going to ship out and be to me within 3 days.  Dell was a couple of weeks.  So I called and explained to the guy in retention (it says a lot that they have to have a retention department).  He said he couldn't give me the extra support (didn't really want it anyway), but he could give me $75 off.  I said, that would only make up for the difference in price... not the timeline nor shipping.  So he made it $100 off, with a 50% chance at expediting the assembly, and FedEx overnight shipping.

All that just for complaining?

The squeaky wheel really does get the oil.

In the end, after trying a Mac, and trying Linux, I just prefer Windows, for all its warts and problems.  It works better for me, and I'm more productive on it.  Who would have thought?
2  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tresorit - Secure, end-to-end encrypted Cloud storage service (FREE) on: May 29, 2015, 06:42:21 AM
Free? May not be listed but the exe is the same, you just get less storage and less features for free

But you have to be able to make the account.  I have an account, and can still login as my free account.  But it's been removed from the options if you don't already have one from what I can see.
3  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Tresorit - Secure, end-to-end encrypted Cloud storage service (FREE) on: May 28, 2015, 10:31:38 PM
going to the page, there doesn't seem to be a free version of tresorit anymore...
4  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: SourceForge takes over GIMP for Windows’ account to peddle adware on: May 28, 2015, 01:33:22 PM
Sourceforge has been going downhill for a while now.  That's the reason that Gimp guy stopped using them for his primary downloads.  This is just the latest iteration in their silliness.  No one should view SF as a reputable free software site anymore.
5  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WildOpal - hypothetical new idea for a "find and replace" program on: May 25, 2015, 03:35:49 PM
Expresso is a free alternative.

I had not heard of Expresso. It looked very interesting until I noticed that the last version was released in 2013. That wouldn't be so bad except it's coded to stop working on January 1, 2016.

Is that even after registering?
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WildOpal - hypothetical new idea for a "find and replace" program on: May 25, 2015, 07:04:15 AM
Shame it isn't fully standard in the spec, but crumbs, you're right - the \Q...\E does indeed work to treat chars as literal, at least in Notepad++. Asking at SuperUser.com produced no response, and it was missing from practically all of the tutorials I saw from searching with Google, so I assumed it was impossible.

I've found that on the StackExchange sites with a high volume, valid questions can get lost in the noise... whether its from the time posted, how fast things scroll off the front page, or any variety of other reasons Sad

Glad I could help, though!  And good luck with your program!
7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Synology Note Station (runs on Synology NAS devices only) on: May 24, 2015, 09:49:03 PM
http://theosquest.com/201...tation-first-impressions/

Bleh.. you have to log into the OS in order to use it.  Unless you use it on an idevice.  There are no desktop apps. 
8  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WildOpal - hypothetical new idea for a "find and replace" program on: May 24, 2015, 07:46:12 PM
It's merely a matter of finding out how to do it in most cases with RegEx, rather than it not having the capability.

Case in point:

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Many flavors also support the \Q…\E escape sequence. All the characters between the \Q and the \E are interpreted as literal characters. E.g. \Q*\d+*\E matches the literal text *\d+*. The \E may be omitted at the end of the regex, so \Q*\d+* is the same as \Q*\d+*\E. This syntax is supported by the JGsoft engine, Perl, PCRE, PHP, Delphi, and Java, both inside and outside character classes. Java 4 and 5 have bugs that cause \Q…\E to misbehave, however, so you shouldn't use this syntax with Java.

From http://www.regular-expres...ions.info/characters.html

If it's just for one application, what you're proposing would have less of an uphill battle, I think.  You're proposing not just a software tool, but a standard to be used in searching.  Unless your hypothetical program was an editor also.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Synology Note Station (runs on Synology NAS devices only) on: May 24, 2015, 07:42:06 PM
Synology Network Attached Storage.  It's basically a drive with a bare bones CPU that you can get to as an OS and install things for consumption on the network that can access the 'server'.

If it's a synology package, it won't run on anything other than their OS on the box.  I have one, and use it for storage and for a sync service and a few varied other sundry things, and it works well.

[attach=1]

That's an image of the package manager running in their virtual OS.  It *is* proprietary.  I'll take a look at notestation to see if it's something I want to mess around with, but if it's in as unstable a state as the forums seem to indicate, I won't really want to play around with it.  Been down that road before.

UPDATE: I just checked in on the Synology Package Manager, and it's not there.  Sorry, I can't help you as I don't install packages that aren't in the package manager after a particularly bad experience (and the fact that this is my backup box).
10  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 - Mini-Review on: May 24, 2015, 12:18:36 PM
another thing to note is that on my PC, the AHK code doesn't work if Logitech's software is running.

This is because it probably registers it's hook at a higher level than you are.
11  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: WildOpal - hypothetical new idea for a "find and replace" program on: May 24, 2015, 12:17:46 PM
I've been pretty frustrated with how cumbersome and arcane the syntax can appear when formulating Regex queries. I hope many of you appreciate the advantages such an approach would provide. By all means, I'd be interested to hear any tweaks or additions to the general concept if you can think of anything! What kind of programs come closest?

Though Regex can seem arcane, it's just because there are a lot of options, and it can do quite a bit.

There are a few programs that help with the formulation of regex queries.

regexbuddy helps more with learning, while regexmagic is the alternative if you just want to make them.  Expresso is a free alternative.  It seems like something along those lines might be a good thing to work on- something to teach in a simplified way without all of the additions, sort of like what you have mocked up, would be a good thing to have, rather than inventing the wheel.

But that's just my take on it.  I was in a similar place to you a while ago, and regexbuddy helped me turn that around.  Because RegEx support is everywhere, and it opened up a whole world for me to utilize it.  It helped that I *had* to learn for work, but I'd recommend that in any case.
12  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 - Mini-Review on: May 23, 2015, 08:15:41 AM
a small update: after further usage, i ditched the LGS driver-software totally and have gone with a custom AHK script to make use of the G1-G3 keys. the volume rocker and mute button worked out of the box so no problems there. the mic quality was quite pleasant, clear with no static, tried on both Mumble and Teamspeak 3.

Why did you ditch the software?  Just curious...
13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 20, 2015, 04:39:44 PM
^ I know I'm not chancing it.  Not sure if it should be left linked if there is a warning...
14  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Not-so-mini review of CrashPlan backup software on: May 18, 2015, 05:55:24 PM
Glacier sounds pretty cool if your backup storage needs are relatively small. Doing some rough calculations, Glacier would cost about $370/year for 3TB of data. iDrive is $375/year for up to 10TB of data (not counting the discount). Considering JavaJones' current usage and needs, plus the greatly discounted 2 years of service, I don't think Glacier would offer him any benefit over iDrive.

Cool thing about amazon... you don't have to rely on rough estimates.

http://calculator.s3.amazonaws.com/index.html

$30.72 per month for the storage.  Unless there's a catastrophic need to retrieve all the data, that should be pretty accurate, within the number of requests- with 4GB/1000 requests, it goes up to $30.77.  If it's truly catastrophic, you get it out the same way you got it in.

What I like about it is the size of Amazon, and the redundancy.  That's why Amazon can get away with charging more IMO.  And the real problems that I've had with RYO solutions is the infrastructure.

But yes, each service is going to have it's own uses.


... but woe to you if you get over 10TB.  iDrive scales into business at that point.  I guess their redundancy and such is better for business.
15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Any difficulty in doing knots? on: May 18, 2015, 03:52:51 PM
It's probably a compound knot.  That just looks like a double-line hitch.  It would be nice if they told you "hey- tie a double line hitch right here- see here for instructions." or something similar.

Update: It's a Figure-Eight Loop: http://www.southee.com/Kn...Loops.htm#FigureEightLoop

Notice that on a karash double loop they do the same thing- but direct you to the Figure-Eight Loop to tie that part: http://www.southee.com/Knots/Knots_DoubleLoops.htm
16  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Not-so-mini review of CrashPlan backup software on: May 18, 2015, 02:00:46 PM
I've only just gotten started, but they seem to have a couple of things in the faqs about it:

https://aws.amazon.com/glacier/faqs/
https://aws.amazon.com/importexport/faqs/
17  News and Reviews / Mini-Reviews by Members / Re: Not-so-mini review of CrashPlan backup software on: May 18, 2015, 08:26:41 AM
Have you tried Roll Your Own solutions with S3 or Glacier backing it up?  That's what I'm starting to look into now.

I might do a mini-review roundup when I've solidified... but that's a bit away.  Some that I'm looking at:

StrongSync
Cloudberry Backup
CloudBerry Box
Duplicati
FastGlacier
Jungle Disk -  Not sure if they still have the desktop version publicly available.
S3 Backup

These last items are command-line tools.  The command line option, while more than I wanted to get into, is becoming appealing since I can link it to my current backup solutions:

S3Sync.rb - The author isn't maintaining it anymore, so not sure I want to get into this.
S3 Sync
S3 Tools

A couple of articles:

http://forum.synology.com...ology_Server_to_Amazon_S3
http://eberly.org/2008/10...to-amazon-s3-using-rsync/ (Of course, s3fs is in an uncertain state, so I'm going to have to deal with alternatives... maybe)

Of Course, there's also Tarsnap- but I'm not going that hardcore: https://www.tarsnap.com/
18  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 17, 2015, 12:24:05 PM
it was weird to study this page and then realize, there is no link to the version you all seem to prefer!


uBlock, the official project: https://chrismatic.io/ublock/
and https://chrome.google.com...gdmggkamkmgojdagdnn?hl=en (< I don't use Chrome, so I have no understanding of the "epcnnfbjfcgphgdmggkamkmgojdagdnn" part; what stupid kind of forgettable link is that?! Or does it perhaps mean that I was visiting but not using Chrome?).
FAQ: https://chrismatic.io/ublock/faq/



Not really a link, because you have to go to the store and search for ublock to install it.  The links in the store are based on arcane identification strings- which was one of the things I pointed out in the chrome verification of permissions- so its easier to just direct someone to the store and a search.  I don't even pay attention to the official sites for every extension- which I guess is one of the things that google wanted to foster and I fell for.
* wraith808 shrugs
19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Implications of a global market on random success on: May 15, 2015, 05:46:45 PM
From Cliffski's Positech blog: Implications of a global market on random success

He has a lot of interesting ideas... one of the reasons I follow him.  At times, the articles make me rage... and other times pensive.  This one, while the writing takes a while to get there, I agree with to an extent.

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I think there is a phenomena that is becoming stronger and stronger and I think its bad news for all content creators. Well, for 99.99% of us. That phenomena is the globalization of media, and the concentration of it in a few hands.

And another blurb:

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What I’m saying is that gangnam style, minecraft, flappy bird and star citizen are not *THAT* good. I’m not saying they aren’t good, or great even, or amazing even, but the level of popularity is totally disconnected from the quality at some point above the ‘ten million copies sold’ level. Stuff is getting bought *because it is getting bought*. And stuff is becoming popular *because it is already popular* and that sucks, because when you produce content, the success of it is too much attributed to luck. And thats bad, bad bad.

I've noticed this for a while, and haven't been able to put my finger on it.  But it's a good article, and helped clarify my thoughts on it.

20  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Http vs Https Universally on: May 15, 2015, 05:40:24 PM
Interesting blog post on Techdirt: https://www.techdirt.com/...nt-no-not-bad-thing.shtml

My problem is the added expense.  I'm only running a few free sites.  I do host for some people, and they have https as they want.  But as for me, if all I'm doing is serving random content with closer to zero people looking at it than I'd like to think, why do I need to pay extra because it's a 'good idea'?

Can anyone answer me this question?

And is Mozilla's move to deprecate http in its browser a wielding of power?  Or a genuine thing that needs to be done?  And Chrome's move isn't *much* better.

And just for an alternate view - a well written article from Ben Klemens: https://medium.com/@b_k/h...nd-of-an-era-c106acded474

I just don't see it, in all honesty.  If it were free... then that would be a different story.  There's the Let's Encrypt initiative... but until it arrives, I don't believe it.
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 14, 2015, 10:56:08 PM
I believe that Chrome updates extensions similarly to how Android updates apps: If it doesn't require any new permissions, it silently updates. If the new version requires new permissions that you haven't previously granted it, it still updates it, but disables it until you explicitly give the OK.

In my (admittedly limited) experience with my Nook, it asks me, each and every time that an app wants to update.  They're on my notification screen, and I have to respond in order to get it to actually download and install the updates.

That may be a Nook-specific customization, or you may have at some point disabled auto-updates in the Play store, in which case it would just notify you that there are available updates.

That's it... I disabled auto-updates.  Because... well, I like to know what I'm updated.  I wonder if there is a setting for Chrome...

Nope.

https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/chrome/l3zOZeO-5-M

A few workarounds for it.  But no way, apparently.

Another workaround:

http://stackoverflow.com/...rome-extension-autoupdate
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Visualize pseudo code via flowcharts? on: May 14, 2015, 10:09:18 PM
Excellent... thanks!
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: uBlock ad blocker and unwanted behavior on: May 14, 2015, 05:47:26 PM
I believe that Chrome updates extensions similarly to how Android updates apps: If it doesn't require any new permissions, it silently updates. If the new version requires new permissions that you haven't previously granted it, it still updates it, but disables it until you explicitly give the OK.

In my (admittedly limited) experience with my Nook, it asks me, each and every time that an app wants to update.  They're on my notification screen, and I have to respond in order to get it to actually download and install the updates.
24  Main Area and Open Discussion / General Software Discussion / Re: Visualize pseudo code via flowcharts? on: May 14, 2015, 08:29:15 AM
Dia - http://sourceforge.net/projects/dia-installer/

Pencil - http://pencil.evolus.vn/

Are those the ones that you are referring to?  Just making sure that I'm looking at the right software.
25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Kickstarter Highlight: Onion Omega on: May 13, 2015, 09:18:13 AM
That looks extremely cool.

However, I'm still pretty much terrified of IoT.

I've read the policy papers and whatnot, and I'm utterly terrified.

Know what the "security" section reads?

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Out of scope.

While this looks like a really cool little device, the security issue in IoT is still an issue.

For example, your nice little Wi-Fi equipped automatic cat feeder provides a way for Johnny Nasty to download kitty pron onto other device on your network. Cue the police, and your days as a kitty cat rights activist are doomed.

But that's just the start.

Would I use it... Probably if it fit my needs.

But... I'm still pretty much on the terrified side for now.

The lure of being able to program in any language against an API to deal with all that stuff... that's just way too cool...

I need to learn Python.

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